Facebook Announces New "Clear History" Feature To Delete Your Browsing History

Mark Zuckerberg has taken the stage to deliver a keynote at F8, Facebook's annual developer's conference.

"Our focus in 2018 is to keep people safe, and to keep building the experiences people expect from us", he said.

Facebook has admitted up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked in the scandal, which saw Zuckerberg grilled at length by the US Congress last month.

"Time will tell, but this may help Facebook overcome the shadow of the Cambridge Analytica scandal", he said.

The F8 conference, often an opportunity to announce new developer tools or hardware, comes amid a broader discussion of policy and privacy for the company.

Facebook is also reviewing applications overall as well as auditing those that accessed large amounts of data to make sure access isn't abused, he said.

Zuckerberg then vowed to "keep building", and reiterated that Facebook is investing a lot in security and in strengthening its systems so they can't be exploited to meddle with elections, including the US midterms later this year. Facebook has in the past asked developers to build augmented-reality tools for other parts of its business, like the short ephemeral videos that compete with Snapchat Stories.

Facebook's dating service will be opt-in and Mr Zuckerberg was keen to stress it had been built with privacy and security in mind from the start, with the company continuing to face worldwide scrutiny over the mass harvesting of personal data for use by Cambridge Analytica.

The incident prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg to reenact previous apologies before US Congress and led to a variety of policy changes created to allay fears that the social advertising company only gives lip service to privacy. Then Zuckerberg returned to techno-enthusiasm mode.

Facebook announced today they are building a new privacy control called "clear history" to allow users to delete browsing history.

The opt-in feature will match users specifically with people they aren't already friends with. "Let's not do that again anytime soon", Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg also addressed the recent departure of Jan Koum, the co-founder and CEO of messaging platform WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for $19.3 billion in 2014.

F8 Facebook on Tuesday kicked off its F8 developer conference in San Jose, California, only one month after dialing back the data available to developers and after nixing rumored plans to debut a smart speaker housing an AI assistant.

Information on the Facebook dating feature is scarce at the moment, but Zuckerberg's statement was powerful enough to send the stock of Match Group, Inc. tumbling as much as 18 percent.

Facebook also made the surprise announcement that its portable VR headset - Oculus Go - would go on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday, priced $199 (£146).

  • Joe Gonzales